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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 February, 2004, 10:46 GMT
Hayter keeps feet on ground
By Mark Mitchener at Dean Court

Bournemouth's hat-trick hero James Hayter
Bournemouth's James Hayter remained modest after scoring the fastest hat-trick in Football League history.

The striker came on as an 84th minute substitute to score three times in two minutes and 20 seconds in their 6-0 win over Wrexham.

It capped a memorable week for the forward, who missed Saturday's defeat at Brighton to be with girlfriend Sarah as she gave birth to their son, Harris.

The Cherries were 3-0 up against 10 men when Hayter came on for Steve Fletcher.

"Sean O'Driscoll had already made a couple of substitutions, so I thought I wouldn't get on," he explained.
FASTEST HAT-TRICKS
2 mins 14 secs: James O'Connor, Shelbourne v Bohemians, 1967
2 mins 30 secs: Jimmy Scarth, Gillingham v Leyton Orient, 1952
2mins 30secs: Ephraim Dodds, Blackpool v Tranmere,1943
3mins 30secs: Gary Talbot, Chester v Crewe, 1965

"But as I came on, Fletch told me there was a lot of space and I could get a couple of goals.

"I only had four or five touches the whole time I was on, and three of them were goals!

"I didn't realise until afterwards in the changing room when someone said it could have been one of the quickest ever."

As the statisticians scrambled for the record books, comparisons were drawn with Robbie Fowler's five-minute treble for Liverpool against Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's four goals in 11 minutes for Manchester United against Nottingham Forest.

But the unassuming Bournemouth star said: "It's great to be mentioned in the same breath as great goalscorers like that.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to get a hat-trick in such a short space of time, and it's great to hold a record.

"But I don't think anything can compare to the feeling of becoming a dad for the first time.

"It's nice to get the goals, but I think being up all night with the baby will bring me back down to earth!

Hayter has no plans to show his son the video of the game just yet, but did admit: "I think I'll give him the match ball when he's big enough."

But speculation that he could follow in the footsteps of Cherries skipper Carl Fletcher, capped by Wales last week, is unfounded.

Despite some reports stating that "a Welshman" had been Wrexham's undoing, Hayter hails from Newport on the Isle of Wight, rather than its namesake in Gwent.





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